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DIY Suet Blocks for Poultry | High Protein Treats for Molting Season

DIY suet blocks for poultry are ideal during molting season. Suet cakes for chickens and other birds encourages and promotes feather growth. Not to mention, your poultry team will love this delicious treat item. Molting is a natural occurrence for poultry, wild and...

McMurray Hatchery 2021 Customer Photo Winners, Round One

Customer Photos to Appear in 2021 McMurray Hatchery Marketing Congratulations to photo contest winners Breanna Brooks, Rebekah Jaeger, and Tiffany Johnson! Their photos have been selected to be used in our 2021 marketing materials. Their photos will premiere in our...

How to Preserve Eggs Long-term with These 4 Methods

How to preserve eggs when looking for long-term storage is easy. In fact, for those who raise poultry it is a necessity. The most commonly asked question for those new to poultry keeping, do eggs need to be refrigerated, will also be addressed in this article. The...

Winner Announced | Summer Photo Contest

2020 Summer Photo Contest Winner! Congratulations Rebecca Reynolds — the winner in our 2020 Summer Photo Contest. Pictured here are four of her beautiful photo entries. As a winner, Rebecca will receive a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to McMurray Hatchery. All photos in this...

McMurray Hatchery Customers Round-Up to Support 4-H

For generations, McMurray Hatchery has been an avid supporter of poultry education — including vital programs such as 4-H group and individual poultry projects throughout the U.S.A. Over the past six months, our customers have had the opportunity to round-up when...

Using Chickens and Geese in the Garden

Chickens and geese aren’t just a great homestead food source. You can start using chickens and geese in the garden to help you create a bountiful harvest each year! And, if you’ve ever wanted to start raising geese, this is a great excuse for you to dive right in this...

Raising Free-Range Poultry

The benefits of free-range poultry are great. The process creates a healthier bird, meat, and egg product. To make the process enjoyable and less stressful for the poultry keeper, poultry learn the best techniques on how to free-range poultry successfully. Is there...

Chicken Coop Ideas | Our Favorite Coops

Chicken coops come in as many shapes and sizes as there are breeds of chickens. As popularity for keeping chickens has risen over the past decade, chicken coops now range from those built purely for function, to a custom dream home for backyard flocks with white glove...

Chicken School | Hatching Baby Chicks

Last month when schools closed across the country and the kids were suddenly needing some educational activities to keep them busy, we began Chicken School in our home. If you caught our first blog in this series, Chicken School, Homeschool Learning Ideas, you know we...

How to Build a Quick and Easy Chicken Coop

An easy chicken coop. Is there even such a thing? With the plethora of chicken coop plans that are out there, sometimes we just want something simple and easy. A DIY chicken coop is even better especially if you’re on a budget. Make it a chicken tractor, and we’ve got...
Heritage Breeds Week: Supporting the Livestock Conservancy

Heritage Breeds Week: Supporting the Livestock Conservancy

For over a century, McMurray Hachery has remained dedicated to preserving rare and exotic poultry breeds. Today we carry over 120 breeds of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guineas, peafowl, pheasants and other rare and exotic birds. As part of our dedication to the...

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Hatch At Home: Getting Started

Hatch At Home: Getting Started

When you work at a Hatchery, it’s inevitable that someone in your family will develop an interest in chickens. My 12-year-old has caught the ‘bug’, so we decided to try our hand at hatching eggs at home.

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2019 Spring is in the Air Photo Contest

2019 Spring is in the Air Photo Contest

It seemed like Winter would never end but warmer weather is finally here and Spring is in the air! Now through April 21st, enter photos of your Spring chickens in our third annual Spring is in the Air photo contest. Send us photos of your baby chicks,...

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NEW Lower Minimum on Two Best-Selling Assortments

NEW Lower Minimum on Two Best-Selling Assortments

NEW! Starting in April, to meet the needs of our customers with limitations on the number of birds they are allowed, we are offering lower minimums on two of our best-selling assortments — Murray's Choice Layer Assortment and our Brown Egg Layer...

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2019 Battle of the Breeds

2019 Battle of the Breeds

Spring has sprung and we're in the mood for a little fun. Over the next few weeks, we're inviting you to play in our first ever Battle of the Breeds. We're pitting 64 of our top breeds against each other and offering you a chance to vote for your favorite breeds....

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2019 Mystery Chick Photo Contest Winner Announced

2019 Mystery Chick Photo Contest Winner Announced

For years, McMurray Hatchery has been including a free mystery chick with each order. It's exciting to receive one and try to determine the breed as they grow. With over 100 breeds, our customers have received crested varieties, speckled beauties,...

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Preparing for Your New Chicks

Preparing for Your New Chicks

The first time we brought home a box of chicks, I was terrified. The day-old chicks needed specialized care and I wanted to do everything right to help them grow from cheeping balls of fluff to a feathered flock clucking around the pasture.I read a lot of...

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Fill Your Coop With These Red Breeds This February

Fill Your Coop With These Red Breeds This February

February kicks off chick season at the Hatchery and Valentine's Day is right around the corner. We're feeling festive and highlighting many of the 'RED' chicken breeds we love. RHODE ISLAND RED The Rhode Island Red is one of the most famous and...

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Gail Damerow Discusses Egg Anomalies

Gail Damerow Discusses Egg Anomalies

Once you start gathering fresh eggs from your flock daily, you may start to notice differences or imperfections in them. As part of our blog series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we ask her about a few of the most common egg...

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Winter Photo Contest Winners Announced

Winter Photo Contest Winners Announced

Winter Photo Contest Winners! Congratulations to these Winter photo contest winners, and thank you to all who entered. There were so many beautiful photos to choose from! These winning photos will be used on our website, and in our marketing materials. The...

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Building for the Future – An Update

Building for the Future – An Update

In December 2018 we announced that we were in the midst of a major expansion project — building a new state-of-the-art barn dedicated preserving rare and exotic breeds, breeding new varieties, and more. We're thrilled to announce that the new facility...

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Building for the Future

Building for the Future

Continuing our dedication to preserving rare and exotic breeds, we are in the process of building a new, state-of-the-art barn.

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Gail Damerow Discusses Egg Quality

Gail Damerow Discusses Egg Quality

Continuing our series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we talk to her about egg quality. The internal quality of an egg is determined by the appearance and consistency of the contents inside the shell, which you can examine by breaking a...

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Photo Contest Winners Announced

Photo Contest Winners Announced

The 2019 Murray McMurray catalog will be landing in mailboxes late December / early January. We are thankful to be able to feature so many amazing photos submitted by our customers each year, and this year was no exception. Our 2019 catalog will feature...

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